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The Lost World

Published 1925
Topics adventure, fantasy

The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam.You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Producer Jamie White
Production Company First National Pictures Inc.
Audio/Visual sound, b&w (tinted)


Reviewer: rclo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2013
Subject: It's all about the animation
I think Wallace Beery made a good Prof. Challenger - certainly far better than the diminutive Claude Raines years later. The accompanying score was totally unrelated to the film except for the opening title, where the ominous music fit like a glove. Otherwise, it was like listening to music on the radio while watching a movie.
Much of Conan Doyle's excellent story is missing; read it if you want a good late night read.
The apeman character was superfluous in the film.
OBSERVATION: If all of the creatures on the plateau really had attacked and killed each other as frequently as depicted in the film, the creatures wouldn't have survived a week, much less tens of thousands of generations.
In the end, it's all about the excellent, groundbreaking stop-motion photography.
Reviewer: ubang - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 10, 2013
Subject: Must See
The adults who reviewed this classic work got it right. Wonderful work for 1925 and at the time the people who viewed this movie were in awe of the cinematography.
Reviewer: USABG58 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2011
Subject: Fantastic and predates King Kong by 8 years!
I read the reviews before viewing and thought, "Yeah, OK, -whatever-", and tried not to be impressed. By the end of the movie, I was amazed at the quality of effects for the year it was started to be made and then released, later. -Wow!- Had never seen it and I tried my hand at stop-motion with a Super 8mm as a kid. Where's this film been hiding?!
Reviewer: online movie rental - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2011
Subject: Good For Its Time
I absolutely loved this film when i was a kid, great film for kids, you can just lose yourself in that jungle and get lots of pleasure watching this film.
Reviewer: cubist1234 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2011
Subject: Remarkable
This stands as a testament to human creativity and ingenuity. People are so jaded because of today's high definition special effects, but this was painstaking and incredible work.
Reviewer: UltraAmbiguousID - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2010
Subject: Fabulous early film
Although the introduction of the first claymation figure, the pterydactyl, is comical in its crudity and scale, the the rest of the figures are amazingly graceful. The sets are highly detailed and proportional to the figures, as in the water rapids. The creatures are varied, numerous with life-like responses and charm. The storyline is linear, directed effectively, but without any artistry.

The actors are not given enough time to develop their motives and the last ten minutes of the film is rushed. The bigotry, European actor in blackface with phonetic intertitles, the actor in a large monkey suit which is for some inexplicable reason vindictive, and the poor quality of the film are the only caveats to watching an otherwise exciting adventure.

This film makes me question whether Edgar Rice Burrough's thoroughly plagiarized Doyle's story because there are too many similarities.
Reviewer: Culturally Significant - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2010
Subject: The first
What doowopbob is trying to point out is that stop motion animation was better than this over a quarter of a century later, a fine example of stating the obvious whilst contributing absolutely nothing to the reviews.

The movie is a must for fans of classic cinema, good pacing considering some scenes are missing, good performances, not to mention the groundbreaking and inspirational special effects.

2 Minutes of research about the movie reveals:

The first film to be shown to airline passengers.
The first feature length film made in the United States to feature stop motion animation.
The first dinosaur-oriented film hit.

The quality is not the best, but this movie is here for free and it is a fine addition to the archive. This movie is also listed two more times at the archive, there is an MPEG4 verion, and also a DivX version (both are less than half the size of this MPEG2 version, making it a little easier to download and without any significant loss in source quality).
Reviewer: doowopbob - favorite - April 17, 2010
Subject: ...U Kiddin..?
.....Gumby & Pokey Look Better..!
Reviewer: HansMadson - - October 30, 2008
Subject: Download
I can´t download the movie
how can I download the movie?
Reviewer: billwest - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2008
Subject: viewing
Terrific , exactly what so many others saw, where King Kong came from. Great
Reviewer: robcat2075 - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 14, 2007
Subject: The music
It's been a while since I watched this but music at the beginning is Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 ("Unfinished")

This is a pretty good silent movie, but the "drop the needle" music score doesn't do well for it. And of course that musical recording is not public domain so I don't know why it's even here.

I understand what we have of this movie today is missing quite a bit of footage.
Reviewer: Deacon Batista - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2007
Subject: Music in the Film
The film is great, really. But does everyone one know the classical music tracks in it by name?
Reviewer: hillngullyrider - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2006
Subject: Great movie
Not to repeat what has been said: this is a great movie. The effects are top notch, not to be matched until Harrhausen thirty years later. Something to try just for fun: download, it burn it, and play it at double speed. It really ziaps up the action, and still leaves the dialogue readable.
Reviewer: hudgeliberal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2006
Subject: Amazing effects for that time period
I have to give this film 5 stars for the effects alone. Absolutely amazing stop motion/claymation photography! Anyone who is the forefather to the great Ray Harryhausen has to be a genius. If you have never heard of Ray,check out the sinbad movies of the 60's and 70's,Jason and the Argonauts,and several other sci-fi classics. You will be in for a treat. I miss those type of effects in the movies,I think they were actually more amazing than todays computer generated variety. Just something about the way Rays creatures you picture it moving in your mind. Todays almost seem to real and that takes away that "monster" effect. Just my opinion.
Reviewer: Movie_Loving_Chick_from_MN - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2006
Subject: Lost in a Lost World this is the silent version of the Conan Doyle novel (same guy that created Sherlock Holmes). Pretty faithful to the novel...Wallace Beery (forever famous as Long John Silver in 1934's classic adaptation of TREASURE ISLAND---a film in which he ALSO co-stars with Lewis Stone who was Nayland Smith to Karloff's Fu Manchu and Dad to Mickey Rooney's Andy Hardy...and just to give us another connection to Sherlock Holmes you'll see Nigel Bruce--Rathbone's Watson---as Squire Trelawney in that film as well) and where WAS I? Oh yeah...Wallace Beery...pretty good here as Professor Challenger. Not sure what Bessie Love is doing in this (there is no girl in the book. But, then, there's no girl in H. Rider Haggard's KING SOLOMON'S MINES either but we have managed to put up with Anna Lee and Deborah Kerr and Sharon Stone in the various film adaptations of THAT---it's just one of those Hollywood things---throw in a girl to spice it up.

Oh, as to Spielberg "stealing the title" for his sequel to Jurassic Park...he didn't. Michael Crichton (who wrote both the books) used it intentionally as a tribute to Conan Doyle's classic and even included a character named "Roxton" in the book.
Reviewer: terracesider - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2005
Subject: One of the greats.
The quality of the print is indeed not good but it's not bad either. It's easy to see how the astonishing special effects later inspired Harryhausen. The acting is a marvellous demonstration of the dramatic heights which could be scaled in within the confines of silent movies.

Just sit back and enjoy, then ask yourself, has film making really improved much over the lasst 80 years?
Reviewer: manavkaushik - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2005
Wow! So this is here! A film worth watching.

Harry Hoyt took full seven years to finish this film. This is the film in which back projection was first employed successfully by the director for a single scene.

The Lost Word is also famous as the first in-flight movie which was shown during a scheduled Imperial Airways flight from London to the Continent in April 1925.

And may I add here that Mr. Bull Montana who appeared as an ape-man used to undergo a marathon make-up job every time he had to shoot for this film. He used to sit for more than 4 hours for his make-up.

The quality of the film is not very great but one canÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt expect real good results when film belongs to a vintage vault. Watch it. It has good score, good performances. ENJOY !!
Reviewer: JodyValyou - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2005
If you are familar with "KING KONG", then you have seen, some of the Dinosaur scenes form this movie. Created by the great "Wilis O'Brien", who would later teach "Ray Harryhausen" the tricks of early movie magic. This is one of the "GREATEST LOST CLASSICS OF ALL TIME". It's worth a look, just for the great early special effects. A film ahead of it's time for being released in 1925.
Reviewer: Jah Gussi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2005
Subject: The Lost review
This is great before I even get to view the flick I've lost a review. When I first arrived here there was two reviews then I logged in and refreshed the page but still only one review. The Lost Review may be found in The Lost World. I wonder if my review will make it up to the net or end up in The Lost World or The the the end.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 20, 2005
Subject: Before Jurassic Park..
Yes, there was a movie BEFORE Jurassic Park called "The Lost World" featuring dinosaurs etc. This is a fun movie (I havent actually seen the version yet though, so I can't vouch on it's quality), and it's really fun to watch and cringe on how unoriginal Spielberg is when coming up with movie titles.
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